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Kids Overdosing on Med For Opioid Addiction

Monday, June 25, 2018

by Web MD

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Young American children are being sickened -- and even dying -- after being poisoned by a drug used to fight opioid addiction, a new report contends.

Investigators reported that between 2007 and 2016, more than 11,000 emergency calls were made to U.S. poison control centers after a child or teen was exposed to buprenorphine, a powerful prescription medication that helps wean people off opioids.

The vast majority of calls (86 percent) involved children under the age of 6, and nearly all of those cases resulted from accidental exposure. Eleven of the children died, according to the report.